Summer School Psychology European

Goodbye Summer 2010

As the Summer of 2010 is quickly coming to an end, the thoughts of returning to school begin to surface. For some teens, going back to school is exciting. You get to see old friends, make new ones, compare and discuss vacations and other summer experiences. To others, the thought of returning to school is a dreaded one. This is especially true for the teen who struggles academically. Besides, a lot of people move during the summer or go off to college or the military. Saying goodbye to friends is hard and marked with sadness. And anxiety runs high for those going to middle or high school for the first time. No matter whether they're ready or not for the beginning of school one thing's for certain - summer's a season for change.

Summer can be a time for a lot of social growth in teens. Without the burden of due dates, assignments and other pressures during the school year teens get to explore who they are and how they fit into this world. They get to experiment with social situations, learn life lessons from interacting with others, practice skills that they'll use in adulthood and yes have more time for driving parents insane (a task they've mastered)!

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We all have memories of summer's gone and past. Several books, movies and songs have been made about the magic of summer. Just search the web for songs about summer and you'll get an exhaustive list of songs from Alice Cooper to the Beach Boys. Remember summer romances, friends, sleeping in late, working, the beach, pool or lake, going to camps, no homework or tests. Those were the days - nothing like a little Rest & Relaxation!

Summer's a time of fun, ice cream, blockbusters, and hanging out. It's a great time for personal growth and social development - a time to experiment, try on new personas, and see the world through a different lens. Though short, summer holds some true treasures just waiting to be explored. What was one of your favorite summer memories? What did summer teach you? Were you one of those kids who couldn't wait to get back to school or was it the last thing from your mind.

Take the time to ask your Teen about his or her summer. Find out how they feel about going back to school. Just by listening you just might find that your teen's experiences aren't all that different from your own. Share some of your memories with your teen. Even if she rolls her eyes when you're sharing, she's listening. You'll be surprised at how much they listen to you, even though they may never admit it.

For that teen whose summer's been difficult reach out and take time to listen and help them work through the anxiety a new school year brings, help them process saying goodbye to their friends, and if they aren't eager to get back to school help them begin to work through the things that are bothering them. Ask them if there's anything that you can do to help and let them know that you're there for them. Summer provides you with an opportunity to help teach your teen essential skills that will last a lifetime.

The end of summer brings with it closure and a time for new beginnings. As the back to school items hit the shelf, don't forget to slow down to bid summer a fond farewell. For as we all know once you're out of school summer loses some of its magic. Help your teen learn from and cherish the true treasures of summer.

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